UK leading independent freight forwarder Davies Turner has completed the expansion of its regional distribution centre at Cumbernauld.
The development of an additional 20,000sq ft of warehousing with an eaves height of 10 m has doubled the capacity of the existing warehouse: the amount of racking has been increased and five powered dock-levellers and another two floor-loading doors have been added.
Davies Turner’s hub at Cumbernauld now has 3,500 pallet spaces and increased floor space for cargo handling and sortation. The secure 1.5 acre service yard also includes a clear span canopy of 4,500 sq ft to protect the loading area from the elements.
Including the offices, the extended facility has a total area of over 43,000sq ft and a gated yard with palisade fencing, security alarms and CCTV protection.
The facility is also accredited to BRC Storage and Distribution Standards for handling/distributing foodstuffs and was given the highest AA rating in a recent audit. With the continual growth in Scottish food sector exports, it’s in an excellent position to support this very important industry over the coming years.
Cumbernauld is one of Davies Turner’s strategically placed RDCs covering the UK and Ireland. The other hubs are at Birmingham, Bristol, Dartford, Dublin, London Heathrow and Manchester – linked by overnight feeder services and with a further 14 satellite branches supporting the network.
Davies Turner chairman Philip Stephenson said: “Ten years ago, we reinforced our commitment to the Scottish market when we moved to larger premises at Cumbernauld which is well situated in the Central Belt between Glasgow and Edinburgh and benefits from some of the best road connections in the UK. Soon afterwards we invested in narrow aisle racking in the building which quickly filled with new and existing business.
“We were then able to offer storage and distribution services as well as space for rapid transit freight. A decade on, we acquired the freehold in Cumbernauld plus some adjoining land and now own a much expanded facility operating under BRC, AEO and Type A customs bonded status.
“This is a much-needed extension of our surface freight operations in Scotland and further proof of Davies Turner’s continuing commitment to Scottish exporters and importers. It coincides with the Group’s plans to expand and upgrade our premises at Glasgow airport.”
Davies Turner regional manager Darren McLaughlan added: “The development has created additional jobs and offers the Scottish manufacturing and trading sectors the ability to store and redistribute products via our multimodal and international network of services.”